The Rupingazi-Weru Irrigation Scheme (RWIS) is located in Mbeti South Ward of Mbeere South Sub-county in Embu County.
The scheme area is traversed by Embu -Kiritiri road and the intake is located upstream at the Ndunda Bridge about 13 Km from the first farmer in the command area. The project lies in Agro-ecological zones, LM3 where the annual rainfall ranges between 800-1000 mm.

The RWIS was initiated in 2013 by a group of 1,000 farmers for the purpose of irrigation and domestic water supply. Farmers are currently organized and registered as a self-help group and authorisation to abstract 6,000m3/day for irrigation was granted by WRMA on 25th June 2015 vide letter ref. WRMA/40/
KRG/4DC/10333/S/7.  The proposed RWIS has been identified by the County Department of Agriculture as a priority project under Component 3 of NARIGP and approved by NTAC for implementation.

The Rupingazi-Weru Irrigation Scheme (RWIS) ground breaking ceremony was held on 27th August 2020 in Mbeti Ward, Mbeere South Sub-county, Embu County.
The ceremony was graced by the Cabinet Secretary MoALFC Hon. Peter Munya, the Governor of Embu County His Excellency Martin Nyaga Wambora, the CEC for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative in Embu County Ms. Anne Martha Nyaga, as well as, other members of the national and county government attended the ceremony.

Mbeti community members graciously welcomed the guests with song, dance and jubilance at the groundbreaking occasion. They expressed excitement over the project as it would provide them with adequate water for irrigation and domestic use. The crowd’s excitement was obvious and perceptible in their cheers and applause as they agreed with the points made about the project by their leaders.

The RWIS Land Ownership and Use Land in RWIS is under free hold system and farmers have title deeds for their holdings. The average land holding area is 2 ha. Farmers practice mixed subsistence farming and grow maize, beans, avocado pears, mangoes, melons, oranges, kales and tomatoes both by rain-fed in the upper areas and by irrigation in the valley bottoms.
Floriculture is an emerging enterprise and flowers are grown in green houses indicating that drip irrigation can be promoted in this area. The farmers also keep the following livestock; – dairy cow cross breeds, sheep, goats and rabbits. Quail farming is a new enterprise in the area. Silviculture is also carried but its potential is not fully exploited due to damage caused by termites.